Festen

A family group gathers at the magnificent house of patriarch and expert in mind games Helge (Stephen Moore) for a black-tie dinner to celebrate his 60th birthday. He is a successful restaurateur/hotelier with a beautiful wife Else played by Jane Asher. Seemingly the only dark clouds on his horizon are his unpleasantly violent, racist son Michael, played with real vigour by Rory Kinnear; and the sadly mysterious recent death of his daughter Linda. The family is so close-knit that the business colleagues and domestic staff seem like members of a slightly extended version of it. Initially, this adds to the jollity of the occasion. Suddenly, as everybody sits down to dinner and the laudatory speeches commence, a distraught, heartbroken son, Christian (Johnny Lee Miller), stands up to speak. By the time he has completed his accusations of incest and rape against his father, nothing can ever be the same again.

The play is directed by Rufus Norris and written by David Eldridge. It previewed on 15th September 2004 and opened on 23rd September 2004, and it closed on 16th April 2005 at the Lyric Theatre in London.

Cast & Crew

Cast

Helge
Child
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Christian
Christian
Else
Gbatokai
Grandfather
Helene
Helmut
Kim
Lars
Mette
Michael
Paul
Pia
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Play description

Based on the Dogme film and play by Thomas Vinterberg, Mogens Rukov and Bo hr. Hansen.

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